Cow pose is a beginner’s yoga pose that stretches the spine and improves posture.
To enter cow pose, begin in table top pose with hands and feet on the mat. Push the navel downward as the tailbone presses up, creating a deep arch in the back. The chest and heart push outward as the head is tilted slightly back. Those with wrist pain can modify this pose by placing the forearms on the floor instead of just the palms.
Cow pose may also be referred to as bitilasana in Sanskrit. An alternate name for the posture is dog tilt pose (svanasana).